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To conserve and enhance the natural resources of Anoka County.
We do this by:

  • conducting monitoring and analysis,
  • informing landowners and local government in natural resource management, and
  • leveraging technical and financial resources to promote natural resource stewardship practices
ACD Annual Tree Sale Pre-Order Open Now
We are currently taking pre-orders for our tree sale! The District offers a wide variety of native stock, including black cherry trees, mixed oak trees, maple trees, and pine trees. The trees and shrubs are sold as bare root seedlings and may be purchased in bundles of ten for $18.50 or twenty-five for $33. You do not need to live in Anoka County to order. Click the button below!
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Rum River Bank Stabilization Projects
ACD recently partnered with Anoka County Parks to stabilize 310 feet of eroding riverbank within Rum River Central Regional Park. Prior to the project, the bank was severely eroding and undermining sections of a paved trail. The stabilization project utilizing habitat-building, bioengineering approaches is now complete! Read more here.
To continue this work, ACD has identified over twenty additional eroding banks along the Rum River in Anoka County in need of stabilization. The Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council is recommending $952,000 from the Outdoor Heritage Fund for ACD to stabilize these eroding riverbanks over the next three years. Read the full story here.
Golden Lake Iron Enhanced Sand Filter
2019 marked the completion of a large scale water quality improvement project designed to removed excess nutrients from stormwater prior to it entering Golden Lake in the City of Circle Pines. Golden Lake is impaired by excess nutrients that contribute to increased algae growth and low water clarity.

Although it looks like little more than a sand volley ball court, the project relies on precise chemistry and physics. The project pumps water from a stormwater pond just upstream of Golden Lake and directs that water through a sand filter that is enhanced with iron filings. The iron filings chemically bind to and remove the nutrient pollution. The clean, filtered water then discharges to an old ditch that goes to Golden Lake. When functioning per the design, the project should remove 40-60 pounds per year of phosphorus for 25 years, which gets us 50% of the way to our goal for pollution reduction in Golden Lake.
Water Monitoring
2019 ended up being the wettest year on record for the state of Minnesota with a state-wide average of 35.51 inches, breaking the previous record of 33.93 inches set in 1977. Due to the banner year Minnesota had with rainfall, we saw historically high water levels in lakes and streams and higher than average groundwater levels in many wetlands and groundwater wells. 2019 was a great year for overall water quality, with many of the lakes and streams showing improvements compared to the historical average. Read more about ACD's 2019 water monitoring season here.
Leaving a Legacy on the Land
Conservation easements are one tool available to landowners who want to ensure their land is kept natural for the long term, as a legacy for the community. Learn more about the newest easement program available in Anoka County here.
Tips for Staying Safe in Winter
Road and sidewalk safety is a priority for all of us, so what is an environmentally conscious Minnesotan to do if they want to stay safe and minimize their salt use? Click here for some tips!
Upcoming Well and Septic Maintenance Training
Over one third of Minnesotans rely on a septic system to treat the wastewater from their homes. It may not seem so, but this is quite the responsibility! Maintaining your septic system is an investment in your home and property, in your family's health, and in the health of Minnesota's abundant water supplies.
A free training for septic system owners will be held at Ramsey City Hall in the Alexander Ramsey Room on Thursday, March 12th from 5-7pm. Registration is free, but seats are filling up fast! Reserve yours today:
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